For exhilarating active holidays, Queenstown is hard to beat. Take to the nearby river and try your hand at white-water rafting. Don skis to explore the majestic Remarkables mountain range, or take the plunge with one of the world’s most scenic bungy jumps. Or while away an afternoon in this lively town’s friendly cafés and bars, before returning to your luxury hotel.
A buzzing town with an adventurous spirit, set beside Lake Wakatipu.
Things to do
Queenstown is the ideal base for exploring the spectacular countryside surrounding the town. Take a hiking tour into the snow-capped Remarkables mountain range, or a gondola ride to the heights of Bob’s Peak. There’s plenty to see nearby too – hop aboard the traditional steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, and enjoy a lake cruise.
Extreme sports fanatics will find Queenstown a paradise. The Winter Festival sees skiers flock to world-class ski slopes in the nearby mountains. During the warmer months, head to the Kawerau River for whitewater rafting, or take the plunge with New Zealand’s biggest bungy jump – set against a dizzying mountain backdrop.
FOOD & DRINK
Queenstown is surrounded by the world’s most southerly vineyards, making it the perfect place to embark on a wine tasting tour. The town itself has many options for fine dining, with restaurants serving fresh, locally caught oysters and organic New Zealand lamb. While away an afternoon in a waterfront bar, or seek out a sunny terrace and enjoy glorious mountain views.
See the scenery in style. Take an early morning hot air balloon tour and, for an extra touch of luxury, add a champagne breakfast.
Top tip from SLH